Objective, precise and reliable information is essential to inform decision-makers of the likely consequences of the everyday choices they have to make. This is particularly true for the common fisheries policy (CFP) whose implementation and evolution is highly dependent upon progress in the research domains linked to fisheries management and aquaculture development. The Commission Directorate-General for Fisheries (DG Fisheries) thus requires scientific information to prepare the decision proposals submitted to the Council of Ministers, which will affect the future of all those in the European Union (EU) who are dependent upon fisheries and aquaculture.
Over and above this requirement for short, medium and long-term applications, research is also needed to reinforce the competitivity of the EU through scientific cooperation across frontiers of all those who seek to advance knowledge and to improve the way economic activities are conducted.
During the period covered by the 4th framework programme, the Commission of the European Communities provided support to research of relevance to the common fisheries policy through the ‘Agriculture and Fisheries including agro-industry, food technology, forestry, aquaculture and rural development’ (FAIR) programme. The present synopsis lists all the shared-costs and demonstration projects as well as the concerted actions funded through this programme.
For all the above reasons, I take particular pleasure in writing the preface of this synopsis. I have no doubt scientists considering the option of submitting research proposals in the ‘Quality of Life’ thematic programme of the 5th framework programme will find it of great use for their preparatory work.